Keio University Shonan Fujisawa Campus
Course Summary (Syllabus)
ERGONOMIC DESIGN AND TECHNOLOGY （Almansour, Ahmad）
1. Objectives/Teaching method
The course aims at introducing the principles of ergonomics and design thinking so that students are able to make the best design that fits the needs of a specific population. The course also raise the design sense and ability to find solutions to problems related to the design of products, services or even a building with consideration to human body activities, anthropometric data, human mind abilities, and differences between people. Consideration is given to usability and user centered design which are both an important issues that make products or services more comfortable to use.
2. Materials/Reading List
There is no need for students to purchase any book. All necessary materials will be offered during the class.
However, the following are 2 books for reference.
R. S. Bridger. Introduction to Ergonomics. 3rd Revised edition, Bosa Roca, United States, Taylor & Francis Inc, 20 Aug 2008, 808 pages, ISBN10: 0849373069 ISBN13: 9780849373060. English, Book.
K.H.E. Kroemer, H.B. Kroemer, K.E. Kroemer-Elbert. Ergonomics: How to Design for Ease and Efficiency. 2nd Edition, United States, Pearson Inc, July 21, 2000, 695 pages, ISBN-10:0137524781, ISBN-13: 978-0137524785. English, Book.
#1 What is Ergonomics?
Brief history, Definition and importance of ergonomics, Type of problem/mismatch found in every day activity, product or service.
Report: Find your optimal product, or criticize a product. Students has to pick up a product or service or even a building and find the advantages and disadvantages in the design. Personal impression is enough.
#2 Design Thinking
Design process and what should we do in every stage of the process.
#3 Practical Session 1
#4 How the body and mind work? The Ergonomics Knowledge base.
Energy requirements at work, mind information process and use of sensory capabilities.
Report: Make an Anthropometric data base. Students can measure or use available data and observe the differences between genders, and nations. Then learn how to compare them, and how to use the data in designing a product or a service.
Anatomical and Mechanical Structure of human body, anthropometry, and anthropometric data.
#5 Thinking about people
Human capabilities in Learning, reasoning and memory. Contexts of use and requirements generation and PACT Analysis
Report: Do a PACT Analysis for a project (system, product, or service).
#6 Practical Session 2
#7 Work place Design. Ergonomic Factors
General workplace layout, Dimensions, General Ergonomic principles of Laboratory, Microscope workstation, floors, Ramps and stairs, Computer workstation, Visual work dimensions, and How to apply anthropometric data.
Kinds of Ergonomic Factors at work, MSDs, risk factors, and Prevention Strategies.
Report: Generate requirements for a system or a product.
Much care has to be given to Functional features and Non-functional features.
#8 User-Centered design
UCD methodology, Key aspects of UCD design and Iterative design cycle.
#9 Practical Session 3
#10 Basic Design Requirements. Usability & Website usability
General design Requirements, Robust systems, Standardization, Human-machine systems and interaction.
Definition, Importance, How to make a usable systems, home problems in using website, and how to do website usability testing.
Report: Modify your computer workstation according to Ergonomics Recommendations.
#11 3D Printing technology and Ergonomics
How to use 3D printing in evaluating ergonomic models.
Report: Find some usability problems in your favorite website.
#12 Ergonomics in Practice 1
Report: Final project. Students have to develop an ergonomic design using the techniques they learned. The design can be a product, a tool, a building, or a service. For those who chose to develop a product or a tool can use 3D printing techniques to make a prototype. Others can submit their design on papers using drawings.
#13 Ergonomics in Practice 2
Students will start presenting the final project.
#14 Final Project Presentation
Students will present their final project using PowerPoint.
4. Assignments/Examination/Grad Eval.
5. Special Note
6. Prerequisit / Related courses
7. Conditions to take this course
8. Relation with past courses
9. Course URL